What constitutes good well-being for disabled young people differs little from that of their non-disabled peers but what is different, argues Grace Kelly, is the high reliance on family/carers for facilitating opportunities for these young people...

Pile of money

The increasing private ownership of capital is leading to a growing wealth gap. To tackle this skewing of the economy in favour of the rich, Stewart Lansley argues for the creation of social wealth funds with the returns evenly shared across...

Bus services

This latest PSE report assesses the state of local public and private services and trends since 1999. It finds that while most universal services have high usage, leisure and cultural services have seen falls in usage risking a spiral of decline...

The PSE website

This website is part of a major ESRC research project, Poverty and Social Exclusion in the UK (PSE: UK) and offers a comprehensive research and teaching tool. The PSE UK research project is the largest ever study into poverty in the UK. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the research is based on two major surveys carried out in 2012 and two qualitative research studies.

The research found high levels of deprivation across the UK with severe impacts on people's lives. In the PSE Research section you will find full details. Under dissemination, you can find a quick overview in some of the media coverage, including artciles published by team members, or you can find a guide to the many journal papers published.  Details of the two books published to date and other books coming up can be found under books. In this PSE research section you will also find details of the main Reports publsihed, including the first report, The Impoverishment of the UK, and short accessible summaries under Key findings. Full data from the attitudes to necessities survey is now available to investigate under Explore the data and the top level results for the living standards survey can be found under Questionnaire

The PSE UK research explores poverty by directly examining people's living standards. Definitions of poverty provides an overview of different approaches to poverty. The PSE UK research draws on and develops the consensual method.

As well as providing full details of the PSE UK research project, the website includes video testimonies of living in poverty and details of projects encouraging collaboration between research and community groups as well as a searchable digest of news and views from 2011 to 2014, including specially commissioned articles on poverty and social exclusion in the UK.

Do contact us, if you have suggestions for improvements.


‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’. Drawing on the PSE UK data, a Panorama special investigates the millions in fuel poverty.
Catch up here. Read more here.


Breadline Britain - the rise of mass poverty
by Stewart Lansley and Joanna Mack. Oneworld, £9.99.
'Brilliant. Enlightening but disturbing' Amartya Sen

Try the online version of the PSE: UK 2012 attitudes to necessities survey in Take Part.

See the public's views in Explore the Data.